The Crew

Demet Senturk  1964956_234350393418908_1641291340_n

Demet is a first year student at Clark who enjoys playing basketball as a way to procrastinate. Israel and Turkey were her former “homes” before coming to Clark. Demet loves to go to the chess club after her very long days of school.
Medha Monjaury Medha-2
Medha is an Economics major and Political Science minor, and Vice President of the Clark University Ballroom Team and Club. When she’s not running between classes and meetings, indulging her inner dancer at ballroom competitions, or marketing antiques as an intern for Habitat for Humanity, she can be found curled up in her room reading any form of fiction she can get her hands on. Word of advice: don’t ask her about Marvel movies or DC comics if you ever want to leave.

Alex Santos  Alex Santos

If you can’t find Clark graduate student, Alex Santos, you might find him swimming laps at the pool or running down Park Ave. Alex will be Assistant Coach for Clark University’s Swimming and Diving teams this year as he finishes earning his Masters Degree in Public Administration. If you do track Alex down, ask him about his many trips to Portugal, his recent reads, or his favorite types of cheese..he’d be happy to chat.

Pooja Patel   pooja patel

Hailing from the distant lands of England and Zimbabwe, Clark Junior, R.A. Pooja Patel, is an avid fan of tea drinking, and the sun. In addition to undertaking her major in Psychology, and minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, she holds an editorial position at The Scarlet, Clark’s Student Newspaper. Always up for a conversation, she’ll readily chat with you about her passions for music, travel and nature.

Suaida Firoze  

Suaida is a sophomore, double-majoring in Economics and Management here at Clark. This Bangladeshi can often be found cooking her favorite South Asian dish or giving a campus tour for Clark Admissions. She recently conducted a project with victims of sexual and domestic violence in Bangladesh, funded by Clark’s Steinbrecher Fellowship.She loves experiencing all the cultural diversity in Worcester and loves showing people around. Along with her keen interests concerning human rights issues, Suaida also is a huge fan of American TV shows and hollywood’s latest movies.

Annalise Kukor  my profile me

Clark Junior Annalise Kukor is an Environmental Science major. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Annalise is headed off to another set of Islands next semester to study Marine Resources in Turks and Caicos. On Saturday mornings you can find her mentoring local Worcester girls with Clark’s All Kinds of Girls. She also enjoys hiking mountains in New England… ask her about her adventures on Mount Monadnock and many others.

Radhika Sharma   radhika bio

Clark sophomore, Radhika Sharma loves to write – but wait, there’s more…..  this R.A., who hails from New Delhi, India is also the International Student Rep on Student Council.  Ask Radhika, a trained classical Indian singer for her favorite places to eat – when in India, she loves to eat Italian and when in Worcester, you can find her at one of the many great Indian restaurants here in Worcester.

Tarikwa Leveille  tarikwa

Majoring in International Development and concentrating in global health, Tarikwa Leveille was born in Ethiopia but has lived in and attended school in the Boston area for many years. She loves to do Ethiopian folk dancing for fun as much as she likes basketball and soccer. Spring semester?  You will find this junior studying abroad in Botswana.

Danielle Strandson IMG_2406

This Community Development and Planning graduate student has a passion for people, projects and cultures (most importantly, FOOD!) She enjoys working on the blog and editing the amazing posts that the team writes. When she’s not in class or at work as a Graduate Assistant for Career Services, you can find Dani out taking photographs of abandoned buildings or inside cooking up something good in the kitchen.

Themal Ellawala 10257671_10152146011493002_2018273721149955323_n

Themal is never in one place for too long. Forever out of breath, it is fairly typical to see this Sri Lankan running between his classes in Psychology, Theater and History, his jobs as an RA and a student worker at the Admissions Office, and the research he is involved in at the Psychology Department. What little free time he has is devoted to reading, writing, and irresponsible amounts of eating.

Patty Doherty  

Monday through Friday Patty advises all Clark international graduate students on immigration matters.  You can catch her 24/7 on e-mail except when she is paddling on Lake Quinsigamond, bicycling along the Narragansett Bay, or making tracks down to Brooklyn.  If you have lots of time, ask her about her Fulbright experience – better yet, ask her about her kids, their pets…

Veda Genkos  

Veda is our SEVIS coordinator.  If you want the scoop on restaurants in Worcester, talk to Veda, our Worcester native and resident local dining expert!  A skilled multi-tasker, if not cooking up a storm you can usually find her cheering on each of her three children at their many sporting events.  Lacrosse, basketball, softball, field hockey…need I say more? sVeda learned her organizational skills early – she is one of six sisters and their names all begin with the letter “V”.   It might be hard to believe that Veda takes time to slow down but she does relax when spending time up in Maine or playing backgammon.

Jessica Pelland  

If you are looking for Jessi, you can find her fielding phone calls at the front desk of the OIA or making photocopies of student documents.  A brand new homeowner, Jessi, is eager to set up some bird feeders in her backyard and get her new garden in order.  Right now, Jessi, her husband and their two mischievous but very cute kittens are surrounded by boxes in their new abode.   Jess pays it forward – she speaks at events on behalf of the American Heart Association.


One comment

  1. My name is William Moore, and I work for the United Nations Millennium Campaign– specifically on a project called MY World, which is the first ever UN citizen survey (

    My colleague and I are currently traveling to 15 countries for a photo-narrative project called Humans of MY World:

    The project is similar to Humans of New York, except the focus is on people’s global development priorities–their specific priorities for a better world.

    I really enjoyed your article on other “Humans of” pages, and thought you might be interested in doing a piece on our project.

    If you are interested, I’d be happy to send you any other info or material that you might need.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    William Moore
    Chief Storyteller, United Nations Millennium Campaign

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